Week of January 26 – January 30, 2015
Hello Sachems! I hope you had a great weekend! This past week was truly one of the most difficult weeks our school has ever had. With the tragic death of Nathan Childs, it brought our school to a complete stop. However, as our school stood still for the dark days on Sunday and Monday…something truly amazing happened. As we opened the school on Tuesday to the student body…we witnessed an entire school community come together. Each of you allowed our school to simply “BE” on that day, and the support that you gave to each other was emotional and heart-felt. We realized how precious life is…and how quickly things can change. However, this tragic experience has brought our school to be closer than ever, and I could not be more proud of each of you and all you gave to the family and friends of Nathan Childs. Also, thank you for checking in with your teachers to make sure they were alright…that really meant a great deal to each of them. This past week is something that I will never forget. I was talking to a dear friend over the weekend about all that took place, and she shared something with me that I thought was a perfect message to you and our community. She said, “If you really want to honor Nathan, empower the people around you. Empower them. You can go through this, or you can grow through it.” I thought her words were quite powerful. I read a quote over the weekend that really spoke to our school. The quote, “These are tough times. You need to know that these tough times did not come to stay, they have come to pass. You need to know it, and you need to believe it. They will pass and you will be left to decide your future.” I think as we slowly begin to heal and the sorrow that so many of you felt over the last days transforms itself to be a void in our hearts. You must determine how you fill this void through the promise you made to Nathan. Remember that orange light that you raised into the sky to touch him…and the strength of his light shining down on you. So, over the many weeks to come…be there for each other, listen to each other…and lend a shoulder or a hug. I know that my promise to Nathan as I raised my orange light into the sky was to give each and every student at MHS a place to call home, and to find ways to have each of you…and those who will come after you…to truly light up their stage! Thank you for being such an amazing student body this week. I have never been more proud to serve you as your principal. Here are a few items for the week ahead.
We Are Sachems!